Plays Guitar Left Handed with default stringing.
John Doyle’s reputation as a stellar guitarist and all-round musician grew in leaps and bounds once he co-founded Solas, the exquisite new-Irish folk group that has graced festivals and airwaves around the world since 1995. The Grammy-nominated Solas was a Top-10 world music band and three-time recipient of the NAIRD (now AFIM) award for Best Celtic Album. Doyle has taken part in numerous notable collaborations with other artists, produced, composed, and began his highly promising solo career in earnest in 2001.
John Doyle has appeared on a great many recordings in his comparatively few years. He has also played on film scores (The Brothers McMullen, Soldier) and has composed music for the Irish film In Uncle Robert’s Footsteps (1993) and Tony Kavanagh’s 1991 play Down the Flats. He has produced other artists’ records, made an instructional video on guitar playing, Irish Rhythm Guitar – Accompanying Celtic Tunes (2004, Homespun), and is exploring new blends of musical traditions.
Doyle is one of the definitive guitar players evolving in today’s Irish-based world-minded music, and his dedication to traditional material and acoustic instruments has been made all the more stirring by his startlingly personal and provocative guitar craft.
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Read about Doyle's life and music in John Engel's Uncommon Sound book.